|Launched||January 1, 1998 (block)|
March 14, 2004 (channel)
|Owned by||Foxtel Networks (35%)|
MTV Networks Australia (65%)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Audience share||0.2% (November 2005, Oztam)|
|Optus TV||Channel 703|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 703|
Nick Jr. is a 24-hour children's channel in Australia designed for pre-schoolers. Nick Jr. was a morning programming block on Nickelodeon until 2004, when Foxtel launched it as a full 24-hour kids channel. The channel is run by Foxtel Networks, under license from Viacom, and is also available on Optus Television and FetchTV.
On 21 January 2004, Foxtel announced a brand new digital service along with new channel line-ups which included Nick Jr. On 14 March 2004, Nick Jr. officially launched to be the first 24-hour Australian kids channel to play shows suited for pre-schoolers.
For a few months after Nick Jr. became a full channel, it kept a two-hour time slot on Nickelodeon in the mornings from 8:00 am until 10:00 am, but the time allocated to the block was far shorter than it was before it became a full channel.
The channel used the new Nick Jr. logo from Friday 26 March 2010. From 2004 until 2010, the channel used a localised logo with two kangaroos with the tradition of 'Nick' (representing the adult) and 'Jr.' (as the child).